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Naperville Art League announces the winners of the 14th annual public art competition

Mar 22, 2017 09:09AM ● By Ben Scott

The winners of the Naperville Art League's 14th annual public art competition were announced at a reception held at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery on Sunday, March 19.  The exhibit, entitled "#SillySeriousness," caught the attention of regional artists of all ages who submitted work reflective of the theme. Fifty entries, encompassing original work in a variety of media, were displayed and considered for the awards.

Artist Pamela Carron a judge for this competition.  She had the difficult decision of selecting winners out of the 50 entries.  Prizes were awarded to sixteen individual winners:

Best of Show

Patricia Melekus

"Rape of Europa"   


Awards of Excellence

Jeannail Carter

Too Many to Choose From"

Colored Pencil, Pen, Ink


Scott Harding

"Pumpkin Top"

Oil on Linen


Gary Schirmer

"The Ripley Effect"


Honorable Mentions:

Cynthia Boudreau

"Bubbling Up"


Marissa Burch



Kathleen Geisinger

"Winter at Geneva Lake"


Tatiana Guarino

"Tatiana Guarino"



Beth Hobby

"Mask: Autoportrait"



Valerie Lorimer

"Her Life Was a Circus"



Judy MacLeod

"The Sisters"

Mixed Media


Kevin Pranaitis

"Am I Brave, Daddy"



Sally Sharp


Oil & Cold Wax


Judy Tucker

"Picasso in Piecing"



Marita Valdizan

"Life as it Happens"

Mixed Media Wire Crochet


Charles Williams, Jr.



"I was very impressed with the quality of artwork we received for our '#SillySeriousness' competition. Even more amazing is the depth of intimacy that the pieces exude," said Debbie Venezia, Executive Director of the Naperville Art League. As a requirement of the competition, each artist included a statement, explaining why the piece fits the theme. These statements are then displayed, thus giving the viewer a deeper understanding of the artist's intention. "Personal issues such as self-perception, spirituality, family, politics and love fill the gallery. You can feel the passion surround you and it becomes an emotional experience."

"#SillySeriousness" runs through Friday, March 30.